The Print of the Month (POM) is a monthly print contest open to all PSA members. The POM offers an opportunity for members to have their prints critiqued by a qualified print judge as well as to evaluate their skills alongside other photographers of similar ability. Regular participation in the POM provides members with valuable information regarding what judges look for in prints and on how they can improve their photography.
COVID-19 NOTICE: March 2020 was the last competition that will be held this year until further notice due to the difficulty of sending and retrieving prints during this time. Thank you for your understanding.
Deadline: 20th of each month
Both monochrome and color prints are eligible, with separate groups for the experienced and novice photographer. The POM is both instructive and fun. The subject matter is unrestricted and the technique is of the maker's choosing.
Each month's judge is an experienced photographer and printmaker. Judges provide written comments for each print, pointing out good features, as well as areas where improvements could be made. With these helpful comments, entrants can improve their picture-taking eye and printing abilities. The contest year runs from July through June; however, members may join this activity and enter at any time during the year.
Monochrome Print (MP) and Color Print (CP): For beginning or less experienced print makers.
Star Monochrome (SM) and Star Color (SC): For advanced print makers, commercial photographers, and those with PPD star ratings.
The twelve First, Second, and Third place winners in the four groups receive certificates and these winning prints are displayed in the POM Gallery on the PSA web site. Honorable Mentions are also given. The Print of the Month is sent to the PSA Journal for publication.
Participation in POM implies agreement with the following: Prints submitted to POM may be published in the PSA Journal, included in the POM Gallery on the PSA web site, displayed at the PSA Annual Conference, and used in connection with other POM-sponsored contests.
DATA PROTECTION: By uploading an image (s) to this study group, you are explicitly consenting to the personal details you have supplied, including email addresses, being held, processed and used by the PSA study group organizers for purposes associated with this PSA activity. You also explicitly consent to such information being sent to other PSA study group members. You acknowledge and accept that submitting image(s) to this study group, means that the status and results of your participation may be made public.
If there is no Model Release available, the image may win but cannot be published. For those who do not have a Model Release, Sample Model Release Form - doc - interactive pdf - both of these forms can be filled out and saved on a mobile or desktop device.
Complete one of the application forms below and send it to the POM director along with the first month's entry.
In each group in each monthly contest, the winning prints are awarded points as follows: ten points for First, eight points for Second, six points for Third, and five points for an HM. If a print does not earn any of these award points, it receives one point. Print of the Month winners are awarded one extra point. Total Points are compiled during the year (12 contests) and PPD Medals are awarded to the highest scoring entrants in each group.